The following article is from the most recent release of Kairos Journal. I encourage every thinking Christian to subscribe to Kairos. It is a thoughtful digest of current issues affecting the Church in the 21’s century.
The editors of Kairos Journal describe their ministry this way:
In our careers and travels, we have witnessed a dramatic decline in the influence of the Church in the West, and accordingly, in the spiritual and moral vitality of our culture. We have had the growing sense that the hope of a people, and of democracy, lies not in elected officials, entrepreneurs, military leaders, academicians, or broadcast personalities. It is based on the faithfulness of her Christian pastors.
One such pastor was André Trocmé, who served a small Protestant church in southern France during the Second World War. Largely because of his preaching and example, the village of Chambon became a haven for Jews escaping Nazi persecution. At great personal risk, he and his congregation hid these refugees until they could flee across the Swiss border. Tutored in the Word, they simply saw rescue as their Christian duty.
Many have heard of William Wilberforce’s efforts in Parliament to abolish the British slave trade. Few, however, know of his spiritual grounding, of his home church in Clapham, England, where he was fortified and inspired by the preaching of John Venn. We dream that a new generation of John Venns would emerge to inspire and instruct a new generation of William Wilberforces.
It is a critical time, a kairos moment. Many say that the West is a “cut flower civilization,” scarcely sustained by the Christian perspectives that once brought her life. The bloom is fading at a shocking rate; we are desperate for spiritual renewal, grounded in Christ and His Word.
We are convinced that the great cause of this day is to embolden, equip, and encourage the pastor in his God-ordained work. For this purpose, we have established the Kairos Journal.
Emmanuel A. Kampouris
I commend their ministry, their hope, and their efforts. May all of us labor with as much intensity as they and may pastors, in particular, be bold to declare the whole truth of God’s word in every area of human endeavor.
The article is like a voice crying in the wilderness of our sex-obsessed culture but it is one we need to hear. The underlined emphasis has been added by me. Two applications for parents:
- Your job of parenting is not finished when you send your kids to college. It might be starting all over again.
- Pray for your college students. They are being pickled in the juices of a culture that has turned its back on God. That “pickling juice” is in its most undiluted form on the college campuses of this generation.
|1||Donna Freitas, Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), xiv.|
|4||Naomi Schaefer Riley, God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005), 185.|
|8||Regarding secular or what Freitas called “spiritual” schools because students at these schools identified themselves as “spiritual but not religious”: “Students enrolled at a spiritual college can assume that value will be placed on diversity, an almost unlimited sense of freedom, a work hard/play hard party ethic, and, of course the hookup culture.” Ibid.
Regarding Catholic schools: “In their sexual behaviors and in their attitudes about sex and religion, students at Catholic schools are virtually indistinguishable from those who attend religiously unaffiliated colleges.” Ibid.
Finally, regarding evangelical schools: “Evangelical campus culture is religiously infused on every level, and students assume that their peers are saving themselves for marriage unless to otherwise.” Ibid., 14.
|9||Lauren Winner, “Foreword,” Sex and the Soul, viii.|
|13||See also Kairos Journal article, “A New Sexual Revolution at Princeton University.”|